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Jason White is an economic development veteran with over ten years of professional experience. White's current role is as Executive Director of the Warren County Economic Development Corporation (WCEDC), which he started in April 2011.
White has led WCEDC and Warren County to adopt many changes in the countywide economic development structure over the last 18 months. Much of this effort relates to the restructuring and realigning of the organization's staff, mission, public outreach, and plan of work. Under White's leadership, WCEDC has undertaken the largest economic development initiative in Warren County's history. This program is called GroWARRENow, a multi-million dollar public/private partnership for growing the larger area's economy. WCEDC works to grow businesses and increase jobs in Warren County and administers the Warren County Leadership Institute.
White has held other economic development positions in Iowa. From 2006-2011, White held the position of Executive Director for the Midwest Partnership Development Corporation, a four-county economic development group in west central Iowa. In addition to helping facilitate a number of companies with expansions in the region, White led the organization through a re-branding initiative and improved the group's financial condition.
Midwest Partnership was the first 2011 recipient of the coveted "Silver Shovel" recognition, an honor given by Iowa Area Development Group to an outstanding statewide economic development partner.
White also previously served as Executive Director of the Appanoose Economic Development Corporation in south central Iowa. The Ottumwa Courier featured White as one of several “Agents of Change” in the southern Iowa region. Additionally, before leading economic development organizations, White held political positions in the Iowa House of Representatives, Iowa Senate, and served as a campaign consultant. White also worked as a redevelopment specialist for the City of Coralville while attending graduate school.
White received his B.A. from Loras College and M.A. from the University of Iowa. White has completed the Heartland Economic Development Course, is a graduate from the Economic Development Institute, and achieved Project Coordinator status with Business Retention & Expansion International.
White remains actively involved in not only promoting community and economic development projects in Warren County, but also participate with groups such as the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Professional Developers of Iowa (is a past president), Mid-America Economic Development Council, International Economic Development Council, and Central Iowa Tourism.